|1794 map of the southern United States showing border with Spanish territories. Spain rightly feared American encroachment in Spanish possessions, particularly an effort to wrest New Orleans from their control.|
This project will also weave together two other semi-projects. When they first became available I bought some of the Old Glory Wayne's Legion figures and didn't really do much with them. It didn't help that the light infantry figures were incorrect and I wasn't sold on Darryl Smith's Our Moccasins Trickled Blood rules. Eventually I painted up some of the figures for Virginia militia in the War of 1812 and others for Lewis and Clark. This project will allow me to paint all my remaining Wayne's Legion figures in the 1796 pattern uniform, but I'll also commit to playing all three periods. I can do actions from the Fallen Timbers campaign, it keeps Lewis and Clark alive but no longer a one trick pony affair. And then there is the war of nerves between the U.S. and Spain in which American uniforms change drastically, but I'm not sweating it (and nobody makes them anyway
The really nice part of this project is that it's already partly completed. The Spanish troops are all painted except for a pair of irregular cavalry units and some guns and gunners. I do need to paint more Americans but not that many. My Indians are all finished and desperate to be let out of their box. I would like to buy another 30 of the wonderful Perry Southern militia figures from their AWI range, but otherwise I own all the figs.
In posts that follow I'll share some of the troop types and provide pics of completed units. I'll also share my ideas for a mini-campaign I have percolating, as well as sources in case something like this piques your own interest.